Source: Sherman Publications

Peeking In The Past
A Look Back From The CNews archives

March 30, 2011

15 years ago - 1996

“CHS student files for school board seat” High school senior Peter Bertling filed to run for Clarkston School Board. He wanted to bring a student’s perspective to school district oversight.

“Boomers struggle to keep idealism” Turning 50, local baby boomers Jim Evans, Jay Taber, and Kenneth York discussed midlife crises amongst many changes to business and culture.

“Kids explore wonders of science at Clarkston El” Amanda Hassett, Mike Ruggirello, Michael Zack, and classmates at Clarkston Elementary School learned about volcanoes, chemistry, exotic animals and other topics at the Festival of Science.

25 years ago - 1986

“Plans underway for wider I-75” Michigan Department of Transportation proposed expanding I-75 to six lanes from M-15 to Bloomfield Township. Funding was expected from federal and state governments.

“Independence moves toward park purchase” The township planned to buy Bay Court Park, a former Boy Scout camp. Supervisor Frank Ronk hoped it would remain a camp, with cabins and a waterfront area.

“Developmental kindergarten, a new approach” About a quarter of Clarkston kindergartners were enrolled in the program, designed for children who needed more time to be ready for sit-down learning.

50 years ago - 1961

“Township vote will decide library future” With support declining from Clarkston Community Women’s Club and Independence Township, the library asked for a half mill from voters.

“Township voting ratio way down” Less than half of Independence Township’s voters cast ballots in off-year elections, despite a weight of importance to local residents comparable to that of our national officials.

“Soprano soloist makes debut” Local singer Marilyn Henry, mezzo soprano soloist, was to make her debut in Holly, hosted by the Village Friends of Art. She sang German, French, and Italian selections, as well as contemporary and folk music.